Celebrating 20 years of Coldplay; documentary film on band to release in theatres for a day

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the fifth annual Made in America Music Festival in Philadelphia. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 15, 2018, 07.23 PM (IST)

The British band Coldplay completed a glorious musical journey of 20 years. Based on their life and rise to fame journey, the documentary film ‘Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams’ screened for one night only in the theatres around the world on November 14, before debuting on Amazon Prime Video on Friday the 16th. 

Filmmaker Mat Whitecross who has made the docu-film out of footage compiled over the years said of their humble beginnings at University College of London, where Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion first met.: “I don’t think those four obviously could possibly have imagined what was going to happen to them.”

Of him filming their every jam session and performance, he said, “I was always filming everyone. Gradually I think they just got used to me being around.”

But it wasn’t easy for him to convince the band to take a movie out. He had collected more than 1,000 hours of footage since 1999. Chris Martin gave him the green light eventually but with a warning: “Go off and make whatever film you want to make. You have our blessing. But please don’t expect me to watch it.”

Mat is known for his directorial work on the Oasis documentary ‘Supersonic’.